The Chicago Blackhawks begin their final road trip of the regular season when they visit the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center.
In their four meetings so far this season, the Blackhawks have come away with three victories, including their memorable 6-3 victory on March 19 which saw Chicago score three goals in 34 seconds to comeback from a three-goal deficit.
Colorado has struggled massively this season, and will finish the season in last place as they enter their final four games of the season with a 21-54-3 and 45 points.
With the Hawks already clinching first place in both the Central Division and Western Conference, their eyes are now set on the President’s Trophy. With their 50-22-7 record and 107 points, tied with Pittsburgh and five points behind the league-leading Washington Capitals. However, catching the Capitals seems unlikely with Washington having a game at hand, but not impossible.
Vinnie Hinostroza will make his return to the Blackhawks lineup Tuesday night for the first time since late February after getting sent down to Rockford. In his 15 games for the Ice Hogs, Hinostroza recorded three goals and four assists. With 48 games under his belt for the Blackhawks this season, the rookie has recorded 14 points, six goals and eight assists.
Scott Darling will start in net for Chicago. Darling is 18-5-4 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 31 games this season.
Calvin Pickard will get the start in the crease for Colorado. Pickard has a 14-29-2 record this season, with a 2.95 GGA and .906 save percentage.
For more on the Avalanche, check out Mile High Hockey, SB Nation’s Colorado Avalanche blog.
How to watch Blackhawks at Avalanche
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: ALT, WGN